For the first time in history, French tennis has placed four representatives in the quarterfinals of the Roland-Garros junior tournament. A nice breath of fresh air after the catastrophic results of the grown-ups. Last winner here in 2016, Geoffrey Blancaneaux could well have a successor. Small CV of the four “carabiners”.
17 years old – born February 16, 2004
World number 12 juniors – 1660th ATP
Short hair, this Varois – but now licensed at Lagardère Paris Racing – exudes a good solidity from the baseline. The FFT assigned him Eric Winogradsky – the coach of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the Australian epic in 2008 – as a trainer, proof that she believes in him. He digested well a 2020 season marred by a shoulder injury. Last year, he blocked in the junior quarterfinals and he hopes to take a further step against the number 1 seed, the Chinese Shang Juncheg, falling on the edge of Léo Borg, the son of the Swedish champion.
16 years old – born June 12, 2004
World junior number 18 – 1035th ATP
He surprised everyone by winning the Orange Bowl last December. Licensed in Saint-Michel sur Orge, he gained confidence. Already very solid physically (1.85m), he pocketed his first ATP points by reaching a semi-final in a $ 15,000 in Spain. Right-handed, able to accelerate the ball on both sides, he opened up the table by knocking out the No. 2 seed. Followed by federal coach Jérôme Potier, he will face in quarter a Spaniard, Daniel Rincon.
Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
17 years old – born July 8, 2003
World number 8 juniors – 1042nd ATP
Son of a former FC Bourg-Peronnas football player, “GMP” rises to nearly 2 meters and his power is devastating. It is distinguished by a very elegant one-handed backhand. Last year, at the Challenger d’Aix, he hit his first Top 200 but he still lacks a big Grand Slam result among the juniors. Victorious in March of the very prestigious junior tournament in Villena (Spain) against Sean Cuenin, the licensee of TC La Pape, near Lyon, seems ripe. This Thursday, he will face a Ukrainian, Viacheslav Bielinskyi.
Luca Van Assche
17 years old – born May 11, 2004
World junior number 17 – 1211th ATP
Born in Brussels to a Belgian father and an Italian mother, Luca Van Assche landed at TC 16. Small size (1.75m) but good technique and great tactical sense. He likes to “cook” his opponents. Invited for qualifying, he resisted well in the first round against Swiss Henri Laaksonen, who then fell to Spaniard Bautista-Agut. Teddy Riner and Tony Parker, founders of T & T Global Management, believe in him since he joined the team of young athletes. He will play his place in the last four against a Spaniard, Daniel Merida Aguilar.